🎧 Cross-Cultural Relationships, Reckless or Riveting
All relationships are to some extent cross-cultural, in that both parties come together from different families and backgrounds to build a new unit together. Whilst for many couples this will be a natural set of compromises to which both partners will adjust naturally over time – for others the differences can be fundamental, with one finding it difficult to understand the others way of looking at the world and vice versa.
The loyalty we often feel towards our own culture, traditions and religion can become a struggle. In a relationship situation when two people have differing beliefs, it is these feelings that can be pushed to the forefront, overwhelming the individual feelings we have for one another. A good relationship thrives on the open exchange of emotion, desires, and beliefs. And communication is one of the most important aspects of a satisfying relation. Most of these relations go through rough times because of the cross-cultural issue, which can change the way partners communicate with each other. Many couples develop bad habits because of the lack of communication and create destructive patterns when things aren’t going well. Co-hosts Linda Martinelli, Taz Thornton and Helene Philipsen join Malcolm in a quest for the perfect relationship.